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Kolkata: Barkati refuses accepting his removal order as Tipu Sultan mosque's Imam

20 May 2017

Maulana Noorur Rehman Barkati, the Shahi Imam of the city's Tipu Sultan Mosque, who has repeatedly courted controversy for his comments, was on Wednesday served a "notice of termination of service" by trustee of the estate which runs the mosque.

The trustee board had filed a police complaint against Barkati for forcefully snatching away the keys of the mosque's rooms, including the record room. The Imam Barkati crossed all limits and used an abusive word against Shukla on CNN News 18, which was condemned by all the panellists, and the reactions were mirorred by the reactions of Twitterati thereafter too.

Week ago, Barkati triggered huge controversy after he refused to remove red beacon from his vehicle, when Central government's ban on lal batti has come into effect since May 1. "I had to get admitted in the hospital", Ali said, adding that Shahi Imam Barkati was appointed on the basis of the recommendation of Mautawalli and decision of the trustee board. He first targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after the demonetization saga and then threatened of even Jihad if India is declared Hindu Nation which is something that defies the constitution of India.

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Later Imam Barkati drew flak when he expressed his wish to fight for Pakistan. However political analysts say the removal had the support of Mamata as her government had highly been embarrassed by the irresponsible comments of the cleric.

Imam is the second generation of his family that was created for administrating the Namaaz for the Royal Family.

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His termination was followed by his refusal to remove the red beacon from his vehicle.

"There is no reason to think that he is above the law", he added. The reports suggest that the board is miffed with the Anti-National comments that have brought a tremendous amount of displeasure for the community as well. "If he wants to enter active politics he must discontinue as imam", said Abrar. "I will speak to the Chief Minister in this regard", he said.

"No, there was no political pressure on me to remove the red light".

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Kolkata: Barkati refuses accepting his removal order as Tipu Sultan mosque's Imam